The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

  • by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by Ray Porter, Jonathan Davis, Ralph Lister
  • 51 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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Author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novels Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise along with such memorable novels as Childhood's End, Sir Arthur C. Clarke was - with Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein - one of the writers who defined the classic era of science fiction. From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre" through classic stories including "The Star", "Earthlight", "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God", this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.

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"Narrator Ralph Lister makes Arthur C. Clarke come alive in the foreword to this collection.... [Narrator Jonathan] Davis's portrayals of uptight Captain Grant and casual Engineer McNeil are perfect... In 'All The Time in the World,' a story that led to Clarke's first television program, narrator Ray Porter is masterful in his handling of text and dialogue.... Listeners will find these classic stories fascinating and timeless." (AudioFile)

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With thanks to Alexander Arsovon August 30, 2011 review of the paperback I took the list from.
Be sure to check the complete MUCH longer and better review https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RN9FZFUXK9SMB?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

Arthur C. Clarke The Collected Stories

Tor, Hardback, 2001
8vo. x+966 pp. Foreword by Arthur Clarke, June 2000 [ix-x].

First published thus, 2000.

Contents*

PART 1
Foreword 05:48
1. Travel by Wire! [1937] 11:54
2. How We Went to Mars [1938]** 24:17
3. Retreat from Earth [1938] 29:41
4. Reverie [1939]** 05:44
5. The Awakening [1942] 06:49
6. Whacky [1942] 03:03
7. Loophole [1946] 12:43
8. Rescue Party [1946] 1:06:40
9. Technical Error [1946] 46:20
10. Castaway [1947] 16:32
11. The Fires Within [1947] 24:24
12. Inheritance [1947] 19:16
13. Nightfall [1947, aka "The Curse"] 06:37
14. History Lesson [1949] 22:43
15. Transience [1949] 15:07
16. The Wall of Darkness [1949] 50:19
17. The Lion of Comarre [1949] 1:13:14 + 48:43
18. The Forgotten Enemy [1948] 16:16
PART 2
19. Hide-and-Seek [1949] 26:22
20. Breaking Strain [1949] 1:16:00
21. Nemesis [1950] 43:18
22. Guardian Angel [1950] 1:11:41
23. Time's Arrow [1950] 32:10
24. A Walk in the Dark [1950] 24:55
25. Silence Please [1950] 28:11
26. Trouble with the Natives [1951] 29:25
27. The Road to the Sea [1951] 1:04:05 + 1:07:42
28. The Sentinel [1951] 25:19

PART 3
29. Holiday On the Moon [1951]** 1:11:47
30. Earthlight [1951]** 59:51+ 1:00:55
31. Second Dawn [1951] 1:22:58
32. Superiority [1951] 23:50
33. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." [1951] 11:42
34. All The Time in the World [1952] 28:32
35. The Nine Billion Names of God [1953] 15:46
36. The Possessed [1953] 14:54
37. The Parasite [1953] 29:37
38. Jupiter Five [1953] 1:16:39
39. Encounter in the Dawn [1953] 30:11

PART 4
40. The Other Tiger [1953] 09:09
41. Publicity Campaign [1953] 10:31
42. Armaments Race [1954] 16:34
43. The Deep Range [1955] 21:21
44. No Morning After [1954] 15:19
45. Big Game Hunt [1956] 14:39
46. Patent Pending [1954] 27:04
47. Refugee [1955] 30:21
48. The Star [1955] 16:06
49. What Goes Up [1956] 27:09

Venture to the Moon [1956] 1:01:28
50. The Starting Line 51. Robin Hood, F.R.S. 52. Green Fingers
53. All that Glitters 54. Watch this Space 55. A Question of Residence

56. The Pacifist [1956] 25:20
57. The Reluctant Orchid [1956] 23:43
58. Moving Spirit [1957] 29:38
59. The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch [1957] 14:59
60. The Ultimate Melody [1957] 18:29
61. The Next Tenants [1957] 22:50
62. Cold War [1957] 16:37
63. Sleeping Beauty [1957] 24:07
64. Security Check [1956] 11:33
65. The Man Who Ploughed the Sea [1957] 44:02
66. Critical Mass [1949] 16:28

PART 5
The Other Side of the Sky [1957] 49:25
67. Special Delivery 68. Feathered Friend 69. Take a Deep Breath
70. Freedom of Space 71. Passer-by 72. The Call of the Stars

73. Let There Be Light [1957] 16:00
74. Out of the Sun [1958] 16:59
75. Cosmic Casanova [1958] 15:28
76. The Songs of Distant Earth [1958] 1:20:23
77. A Slight Case of Sunstroke [1958] 18:19
78. Who's There? [1958] 11:17
79. Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Orbiting... [1959] 13:12
80. I Remember Babylon [1960] 27:56
81. Trouble with Time [1960] 14:25
82. Into the Comet [1960] 24:17
83. Summertime on Icarus [1960] 31:29
84. Saturn Rising [1961] 25:26
85. Death and the Senator [1961] 50:53
86. Before Eden [1961] 26:41
87. Hate [1961] 42:01
88. Love That Universe [1961] 09:58
89. Dog Star [1962] 14:03
90. Maelstrom II [1965] 33:25
91. An Ape About the House [1962] 15:38

PART 6
92. The Shining Ones [1962] 41:27
93. The Secret [1963] 14:23
94. Dial F for Frankenstein [1965] 16:41
95. The Wind from the Sun [1964] 54:08
96. The Food of the Gods [1964] 11:15
97. The Last Command [1965] 05:19
98. The Light of Darkness [1966] 18:48
99. The Longest Science-fiction Story Ever Told [1966] 01:33
100. Playback [1966] 08:36
101. The Cruel Sky [1967] 48:44
102. Herbert George Morley Roberts Wells, Esq. [1967] 05:31
103. Crusade [1968] 13:12
104. Neutron Tide [1970] 04:34
105. Reunion [1971] 04:22
106. Transit of Earth [1971] 36:45
107. A Meeting with Medusa [1971] 1:59:04
108. Quarantine [1977] 02:35
109. siseneG [1984] 00:45
110. The Steam-powered Word Processor [1986]***15:05
111. On Golden Seas [1986] 09:17
112. The Hammer of God [1992]** 34:02
113. The Wire Continuum (with Stephen Baxter) [1998]**55:12
114. Improving the Neighbourhood [1999]** 05:04

* In square brackets: the year of first publication, usually in magazine.

** Apparently first appearance at all, or at least first appearance in book form.

*** The only appearance of this piece in book form before seems to have been in the collections of essays Astounding Days (1989) and Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (1999).

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- Charles

Excellent SF from an earlier era

These are the collected shorter works of Arthur C. Clarke, and that almost ought to be enough to say about it. It spans his entire career, and includes his best-known classics, lesser-known works, and has the Tales From the White Hart stories sprinkled throughout. The stories here are funny and grim, optimistic and pessimistic, and feature the best and the worst of the human race. I found Clarke's view of women's and girls' roles to be interesting. He seems to have never thought women were less intelligent or less capable, but at the same time he started out taking women's roles for granted. Only later in his career do we start to see women who are not only intelligent and capable, but also having independent lives and careers.

Unlike some male writers of his generation, though, he doesn't seem to have resisted the realization that social roles were changing.

He was a good, solid, entertaining writer who took his science seriously. The ones we have now with that same seriousness about the science are mostly edgier, and you wouldn't want them not to be. It's a different time and a different culture. Clarke's perspective on the universe is still his own, though, and well worth a read or a listen. Ray Porter, Jonnathan Davis, and Ralph Lister do excellent work in reading these stories.

Note that at 51 hours, this is quite a few listens!

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.
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- Elisabeth Carey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios